Online Master of Environmental Assessment Alumna uses Lessons Learned in her Daily Work Life

Molly Amos earned her Master of Environmental Assessment degree online through the College of Natural Resources (CNR).

Amos works at CSRA in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. She’s a project manager and an environmental scientist who serves as a contractor to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When looking for programs, Amos needed a program that would allow her to both work and study.

“I worked during the day and studied early in the mornings, in the evenings, and on the weekends,” Amos said.

But it was more than the flexibility that drew Amos to the NC State Online and Distance Education program.

“The program is thorough, challenging, and applicable to environmental assessments and will assist current and future students in furthering their careers,” Amos explained of the online Environmental Assessment master’s program.

She praised CNR’s EA 590: Communicating Environmental Health, calling it one of the best courses of the program.

“Learning how to effectively communicate is an attribute that is not easily learned but so critical to the success of any work, scientific or otherwise”, Amos said. “More specifically, scientists often struggle to communicate well because they tend to be introverts, get lost in the details and have too many messages that can be confusing to digest. This course taught specific ways to improve communication to a scientific and non-scientific audience,” she further explained.

Amos said she uses the lessons from this course on a daily basis with her current career. The program overall has helped her become a better communicator, better analyst of environmental issues and a better researcher.

She also praised the online course instructors.

“Professors catered the online experience appropriately to the course by utilizing various learning tools such as group chats, streaming videos, recorded lectures, collaborate workspaces, discussion forums and more,” Amos said. She added that the variety kept her learning experience engaging, thrilling and unique.

Students interested in the online master’s program and who may have questions can email program director Linda Taylor at